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Cervical & Uterine Cancers
Patients with gynecological cancers, including cervical, ovarian, and uterine cancers can trust Beebe's Cancer Services team to create an individualized treatment plan with their goals and wishes in mind.
Beebe's multidisciplinary team includes your primary care physician, gynecologist, radiologist, medical oncologist, among others. Our Cancer Screening Nurse Navigator is here to help guide you on your journey and answer your questions.
In addition to treatment of cervical and uterine cancer, Beebe Cancer Services also treats a wide variety of gynecologic cancers such as ovarian and endometrial, among others.
What is Cervical Cancer?
Cervical cancer develops in the narrow outer edge of the uterus called the cervix. Every year, more than 11,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer - many of them are between the ages of 35 and 55. When diagnosed early, cervical cancer is curable and patients have an excellent chance of recovery.
What Causes Cervical Cancer?
Many cases are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted disease. About 80 percent of females and males are affected by HPV in their lifetime. Most cases of HPV clear on their own, however certain types of HPV can cause cervical, vulvar and vaginal cancer in females.
Often, women do not experience symptoms in the early states of cervical cancer. Cervical cancer often develops slowly and may start as a pre-cancerous condition called dysplasia. When cervical cancer spreads, women may have symptoms, including:
- Continuous vaginal discharge, which may be pale, watery, pink, brown, bloody or foul-smelling
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding between periods, after intercourse, or after menopause
- Periods become heavier and last longer than usual
- Any bleeding after menopause
- Pain during intercourse
Our cancer team will be with you every step of the way through your cervical cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship.
What is Uterine Cancer?
Cancer of the uterus - the small, pear-shaped organ in a woman's pelvis - is called uterine cancer. Uterine cancer is the most common gynecologic cancer, accounting for 6 percent of all cancers among women in the United States.
What are the Symptoms of Uterine Cancer?
The most common symptom is abnormal vaginal bleeding, which may begin as watery with streaks of blood and then gradually begins to contain more blood. This is most common in women who have been through menopause, however it may also occur around the time that menopause begins. Women should not assume that abnormal vaginal bleeding is part of menopause.
Symptoms may also include trouble urinating, pelvic pain, or pain during intercourse.